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The C&NN news archive offers access to the latest media coverage of the children and nature movement. This ever-expanding archive connects leaders and organizers, parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers to a growing body of articles dating back to 2007. For a comprehensive C&NN database search, use the advanced search feature to scan news center articles, C&NN's annotated research bibliographies, and the C&NN blog.
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Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

By Kathleen White
Brattleboro Reformer
February 12, 2015

Fit & Healthy Kids Honors ‘Mother Nurture’

Natural leader Linda Bailey, also known as Mother Nurture, is being recognized as a community champion for her nearly 20 years of guiding children through an active winter experience program in Vermont. [+]

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

By Dr. Carla Gull
The Elkhart Truth
February 11, 2015

Children and Nature: Tips for Exploring the Outdoors with a Preschooler

Dr. Carla Gull offers a variety of tips for parents of preschoolers who want to encourage their little ones to explore and experience nature. [+]

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

By Cynthia Orlando
Statesman Journal
February 10, 2015

Give Today’s Kids a Daily Dose of Nature

From alleviating depression and reducing ADHD to empowering creativity and social skills, regular time spent in nature can have a profound effect on children. Arborist Cynthia Orlando discusses why a renewed focus on nature for kids is called for. [+]

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

By Jennifer Bristol
Texas Children in Nature
February 09, 2015

Connecting Families to Nature in Texas

Children & Nature Network allies Texas Children in Nature were recently featured on the news for their vital role in helping Austin kids connect with its diverse local outdoor offerings. [+]

Hearing, Touching and Experiencing Nature

By Tara Bradbury
The Telegram
February 04, 2015

Hearing, Touching and Experiencing Nature

Textile artist Deborah Dumka's new exhibit aims to battle nature deficit disorder by inspiring people to spend some real time interacting with elements of nature and triggering their positive memories of the outdoors. [+]

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

By Dee Menear
The Irregular
February 04, 2015

Reducing ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

In Maine, a group of young naturalists are tackling local conservation projects while garnering inspiration from the journal of one very famous champion of nature: Theodore Roosevelt. [+]

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

By Liz Kearney
Independent.ie
February 03, 2015

Into the Wild - Ireland’s First Nature Kindergarten

Ireland is joining the growing international effort to connect kids with nature with its first nature kindergarten, where students spend all day outdoors and are challenged cognitively by the unpredictability of nature. [+]

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

By Amy Joyce
Washington Post
February 04, 2015

Four Ways to Combat the Winter Blahs

It has been asked whether kids can get seasonal affective disorder, as many parents notice extra grumpiness and difficulty concentrating in their children this time of the year. Experts offer 4 solutions to tackle these challenges. [+]

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

By Angela Hanscom
Washington Post
February 04, 2015

How Schools Ruined Recess - And Four Things Needed to Fix It

Angela Hanscom of Timbernook discusses the loss of trust in children's free play and the potential difficulties that can arise with attention and behavior as a result of a restrictive play atmosphere. [+]

Hiding in Plain Sight: America’s Most Effective Conservation Program

By Will Rogers
Huffington Post
February 02, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight: America’s Most Effective Conservation Program

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a 50-year-old program, has protected some of America's most special places, lands and parks for generations of American families to enjoy and experience. Will Rogers of the Trust for Public Land argues that now is the perfect time for Congress to work together and keep this program alive. [+]

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

By Rebeca Piccardo
Miami Herald
February 02, 2015

Families Come Together in Doral for Under-the-Stars Camping Event

The City of Doral is making camping under the stars accessible to Miami-Dade families with an annual campout that takes place at a local park. [+]

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

By Andrea Waxman
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
February 02, 2015

Urban Ecology Center’s New Washington Park Manager Hopes to Lure Kids Outdoors

A new natural leader at Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center hopes to inspire young people with the simplicity and beauty of nature the same way he was inspired as a young child. [+]

Programs Aim to Attract Youth to Outdoors

By Tom Palmer
The Ledger
January 25, 2015

Programs Aim to Attract Youth to Outdoors

The Wings Over Florida program aims to utilize the natural curiosity of young people to build a new generation of bird watchers and conservationists. [+]

Washburn Center Lets in Natural Light

By Julia Brown
Behavioral Healthcare
January 21, 2015

Washburn Center Lets in Natural Light

An update from the innovative Washburn Center for Children, with a nature-oriented design that was inspired, in part, by Richard Louv, C&NN Co-founder and author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”. His insights as well as evidence-based research showing the importance of nature in children’s healthy mental and physical development were incorporated into the building’s design. [+]

PA Land Trust Association: New Guide on the Importance of Child-Nature Connections

By PA Environment Digest
NorthCentralPA.com
January 21, 2015

PA Land Trust Association: New Guide on the Importance of Child-Nature Connections

This month, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association released a nature play guide, intended to empower people, schools and local governments to re-prioritize the bond between children and nature. [+]

The Best Way to Support Your Child’s Development? Let Them Lead the Way

By Sara Smeaton
The Globe and Mail
January 21, 2015

The Best Way to Support Your Child’s Development? Let Them Lead the Way

According to health writer Sara Smeaton, the best way to support the healthy development of our kids is to let them lead the way, to provide a supportive environment while allowing them to learn skills at their own pace. [+]

Parenting Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’

By Jane E. Brody
New York Times
January 19, 2015

Parenting Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’

"America's Worst Mom" Lenore Skenazy offers worried parents advice on raising free range kids, and on making sure that in addition to roots, kids are given the opportunity to have wings. [+]

Less is More: Building Confidence

By Tricia Hogbin
Newcastle Herald
January 18, 2015

Less is More: Building Confidence

There's a lot we can do to raise healthy, happy kids. But perhaps one of the most important is allowing them to experience the natural world, climbing trees, playing in the creek and yes, even taking some small risks. [+]

Even a Short Walk in the Woods is Good for You, Researchers Claim

By News team
Yle Uutiset
January 19, 2015

Even a Short Walk in the Woods is Good for You, Researchers Claim

Every little bit helps. A new report from the Finnish Forest Research Institute claims that just 20 minutes spent outdoors daily can contribute to a host of health benefits, including a lower allergy risk in kids. [+]

We Need to Think Beyond Nature Kindergarten

By Anna Kemp
Times Colonist
January 18, 2015

We Need to Think Beyond Nature Kindergarten

While enrolling children in nature-focused schools is a positive first step, mom and Sierra Club associate Anna Kemp argues that we need to do more to help kids build a lifelong relationship with the natural world. [+]

Parents Investigated for Neglect After Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

By Donna St. George
Washington Post
January 14, 2015

Parents Investigated for Neglect After Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

A Maryland couple is being investigated for neglect after allowing their two children to walk home from the park. But these free-range parents believe that they should not be punished for choosing to give their kids freedom and independence. [+]

Let Kids be Kids for as Long as Possible

By Victor Martinez
El Paso Times
January 15, 2015

Let Kids be Kids for as Long as Possible

Today's young athletes are often subjected to strict constraints, a high level of competition and a pressure to perform that could be overwhelming for a 5- or 6-year old. Victor Martinez argues that we should use these sporting activities as a forum to let kids be kids, to have fun and the freedom to use their imaginations. [+]

Junior Dictionary Discards Nature for Hi-Tech Words

By Andrew French
Oxford Times
January 14, 2015

Junior Dictionary Discards Nature for Hi-Tech Words

Oxford University Press has come under fire again for discarding nature vocabulary, including acorn, minnow and bluebell, to make room for high-tech words. A group of children's authors, educators and students voice their concerns. [+]

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

By Dr. Jim Taylor
Huffington Post
January 12, 2015

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

If we help our kids develop a deep connection with nature, we can be hopeful that this will result in a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet. Here's how. [+]

Exhibition is Child’s Play

By Taryn Utiger
Taranaki Daily News
January 09, 2015

Exhibition is Child’s Play

Imagination Playground, a portable, interactive and transformable concept offers kids with a variety of different play needs the opportunity to direct and create their own play experience without limitations. [+]

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